The goal of this program is not to awaken the sheep. It is to awaken the sleeping lions.
As much as we’d like to think that our choices will appear in the form of clear black and white decisions, that’s seldom the case. Life is filled with nuance and many people resort to sophistry to further blur the lines. Paul Rosenberg has a marvelous new essay on word formulas to help us avoid this common fallacy.
Fear is a very useful tool in the hands of power-seekers and opportunists. We’ve seen this over and over during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya has a powerful and timely reminder that facts, not fear, are what will stop the pandemic.
Yesterday I frustrated a number of people on Facebook by suggesting that if an idea is so good that it must be made mandatory (by the state), then maybe it wasn’t such a great idea in the first place. Why do so many believe that it’s preferable to force people to do what they want rather than to allow them to make their choices freely? Peter Clark makes a strong case as to why we shouldn’t underestimate the power of Adam Smiths “invisible hand” when it comes to driving COVID safety measures.
The lockdowns are teaching some fascinating lessons about human nature. Brad Polumbo has an excellent piece on the centrally planned insanity that is being imposed on Los Angeles County residents currently. These poor folks can’t so much as go for a walk without wondering if they’ll be arrested.
There are also some interesting unintended consequences that can be traced back to the lockdowns. Chloe Anagnos describes 4 ways that the lockdowns are impacting young people. None of them could be classified as positive developments.